Joe Babiak began his musical career at the early age of five. He first started with the piano and soon after began the trumpet. Joe has been playing drums since 1994, and because of his previous musical training, drumming came to him very naturally. His strong understanding of theory, keen melodic and harmonic sense, and excellent pitch makes him unique on the instrument.
Joe’s progressive-rock group, Parallel Mind, was signed to Unicorn Records of Canada for the release of their album, Colossus ADEA. This album beautifully displays Joe’s proficient abilities on the drums. In December 2002, Joe joined guitarist extraordinaire, Michael Angelo Batio, for a very successful tour in Asia . Since then he has recorded, performed live, and appeared in music videos with Michael.
In the spring of 2006, Joe joined the Chicago based band, Kill Hannah, for a national tour in support of the group’s second album with Atlantic Records. Joe’s current project is called South Of Earth, featuring Geno Lenardo (FILTER, Chevelle), Joe Grah (Loser, Jibe), and Bill Gower (Boy Hits Car).
Currently, Joe Babiak resides in Los Angeles and performs regularly with a few local groups. He is an active studio musician and also teaches private lessons. In addition to performing, he is an avid songwriter and composer. Joe endorses Sonor Drums, Vater Sticks, XL Specialty Percussion Cases, and Westone in-ear monitors.